About Us

Welcome to Pure Dynamic Osteopathy, based in the middle of Crouch End, North London. Our experienced Osteopaths and Massage Therapists actively listen to you in order to understand your needs, and discuss a range of treatments including Osteopathy, Sports Massage, Cranial Osteopathy, Pregnancy Massage, Chi Kung and Western Acupuncture.

We recognise that pain is usually a symptom of musculo-skeletal dysfunction from other areas in the body. This may be knee pain when running caused by faulty biomechanics of the ankle or hip, neck & shoulder pain sitting at a desk or chronic lower back pain. At PureDynamic Osteopathy we treat all areas of the body (muscles, joints, ligaments etc) and not just the spine. Whilst spinal manipulation is a very effective technique to help relieve back pain and increase mobility, we believe that the condition of the patient (age, level of fitness, medication and specific problem) determines the style of treatment required. Other aspects of our treatment include specific functional exercises, nutritional advice, dry needling and hydrotherapy, together with breathing and relaxation techniques.

At PureDynamic Osteopathic clinics we aim to help patients understand the nature of their condition and education is a fundamental part of the treatment process. Following the initial sessions focusing on the immediate problem, we design an exercise-specific approach is to build pure dynamic movement patterns. This together with pain management strategies helps empower patients to take an active role in their own rehabilitation.

During each session there is time to discuss all aspects of the treatment process and any factors which may have an impact upon this. Your input in these discussions is crucial. At each stage of rehabilitation we will remain an ongoing source of support (and clinical advice).

Charlotte Montague-Smith


Charlotte graduated from the University College of Osteopathy with a masters in Osteopathy and is a qualified sports massage therapist. Charlotte has been immersed in holistic health from a very young age, with her parents setting up the first multi-disciplinary health clinic in Tunbridge Wells. Charlotte combines a structural and functional approach to her treatments, focusing on identifying compensatory mechanisms within the body in order to restore function and prevent future problems from occurring.

Tuesday 8am- 6pm Park Road
Thursday 8am- 6pm Myddelton Road
Friday 8am- 6pm Park Road

Cathy Clark

Osteopath & Cranial Osteopath

Cathy has had a broad experience treating a variety of patients over her years as an osteopath. She loves treating patients who have suffered with chronic pain or complex pain patterns who have struggled to get relief elsewhere. She has specialist training, and is passionate about the treatment of pre- and post-natal women and babies, children and teenagers. She currently volunteers one day a week at the Osteopathic Centre for Children where she studied her Diploma in Paediatric Osteopathy. Cathy is excited about holistic health and uses her osteopathy and cranial osteopathy techniques to help aid her patients as well as prescribing exercises. Cathy studied osteopathy at RMIT in Melbourne Australia and has registered as a UK osteopath. Cathy has a background in dance and continues to dance ballet for fun and fitness now as well as practicing Pilates and meditation.

Monday 2pm – 6pm Myddelton Road
Wednesday 9.30am -5pm Myddelton Road
Thursday 9am – 6pm Park Road

Joseph Gaynor


Joseph achieved a master’s degree from the University College of Osteopathy after having studied Sport and Exercise Science at Birmingham University.  He competed nationally in athletics, specialising in 400m and 800m.  Now he combines his personal experience with his professional understanding of the body to optimise health.
Joseph has a wealth of experience treating a wide range of patients, from office workers to professional athletes.  Each session is tailored to meet the specific needs of the patient and given individual treatment plans.  Joseph aims to restore patient confidence and loves helping people achieve their personal goals.

Monday 8am- 6pm Myddelton Road
Wednesday 8am- 6pm Park Road

Ali Ward

Women’s Health Specialist
Reformer Pilates Instructor

Ali completed her physiotherapy degree at La Trobe University, Australia in 2009. Since then she has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals and private practice. Ali treats a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. Her peculiarity is women’s health and in 2013 she completed her postgraduate certificate in exercise and women’s health. Specialist conditions she treats include ante/postnatal pelvic girdle, back and postural pain, as well as diastasis and pelvic floor rehabilitation. Ali also enjoys teaching rehab Pilates and has certification in matwork and reformer Pilates. Her passion is helping women of all ages stay healthy and active throughout their lives. Ali has been living in London for 3 years and in her spare time will be seen travelling Europe, trying new Pilates and yoga classes, doing Park Runs and drinking coffee. She is excited to be on a team with complementary therapists and is looking forward to offering holistic healthcare to all of her patients.

Monday 2pm – 6pm Myddelton Road
Wednesday 8am – 6pm Myddelton Road

John Inman

John Inman


John graduated from the University College of Osteopathy, achieving a Master’s degree with Distinction. Upon graduation, he was also awarded the Silver Medal for best overall academic performance in his year group.

Using a patient centred and holistic approach, John aims to gain a full understanding of an individual’s problem and work with them to get them out of pain and back to optimal health, using both hands on techniques (soft tissue massage, stretching, joint articulation and manipulation) as well as tailored rehabilitation exercises and advice.

Outside of osteopathy, John is a keen sportsman who enjoys cycling (both road and off road), running, bouldering and football. Before training to be an osteopath, John gained a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Sheffield. He has also worked as a mountain bike instructor in the world renowned Whistler bike park in British Columbia, and as a mountain bike journalist, travelling to Canada, Europe and New Zealand.

Wednesday 8-6pm Myddelton Rd

Sarah Elcome

Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist and Reflexologist

Sarah Elcome has been practising bodywork therapy for over 15 years and is qualified and experienced in Acupuncture, Massage and Reflexology.

She is competent in relieving patients from aches, pains, discomfort and has specialist knowledge with muscular-skeletal issues. Sarah has a broad understanding in energetical movement from Yoga, Tai Chi and Qi Gong and is insightful into a person’s emotional spirit which has been enhanced from studies in Five Element acupuncture.

The differing modalities complement holistically and add depth to each treatment. Sarah has a preventative perspective which allows for not only relief from symptoms but effective restorative rebalance from the cause of disease.

Tuesday 1-7.30pm Myddelton Rd
Friday 2-6pm Myddelton Rd

Tom Fackrell


Tom has gained his Masters in Osteopathy, from the British School of Osteopathy after returning to education from a long career in the theatre and performing arts. Tom has performed in several venues worldwide including Opera at ENO.  Tom also has a broad sporting background representing Saracens in 2001, plus experience in Karate, Taekwondo, Wing Chun and Capoeira.  This combined with a deep understanding of how breathing mechanics can have a profound effect on a person’s physical and mental health makes Tom a versatile and skilled practitioner.  Tom specialises in breathing mechanics, speech, dancers and performing artists.

Monday 8am- 6pm Park Road
Friday 8am-6pm Myddelton Rd
Saturday 1-5pm Park Road

Vanessa Alves

Nutritional Therapist

Vanessa is a qualified nutritional therapist and Reiki Master.  In her practices looks at the body as a whole and examines root causes of dis-ease.  Whether you have a specific illness, an acute or chronic condition, are stressed, anxious or without energy, nutritional therapy can help you improve your health and wellbeing.  Every person is unique and your diet, lifestyle, environment and personality are carefully considered when creating a personalised nutrition plan  Vanessa has a particular interest and knowledge in Women’s health, digestive problems and children with autism.
Where necessary Vanessa can provide functional testing for food intolerance and allergies or other specific tests.

Anjlee Bakrania


Anjlee joined the Pure Dynamic Osteopathy team in 2013 and has become an invaluable member of the Crouch End team adding her expertise in Cranial Osteopathy and Naturopathy. She specialises in the treatment of pregnant women, young children and babies in Crouch End. She is equally comfortable treating 6ft 4in rugby players. She incorporates both Cranial Osteopathy & Naturopathy into her treatments. Anjlee also has experience of working abroad in a paediatric Osteopathic clinic in New Zealand in 2010.

Monday 12 noon – 6pm Park Road
Tuesday 8am- 6pm Myddelton Road
Thursday 8am- 6pm Myddelton Road
Friday 8am- 6pm Park Road
Saturday 8- 12 noon Myddelton Rd

Thalbert Allen

Biodynamic Cranio-sacral therapist, Shiatsu, Chi kung teacher

Founder and Director of the College of Elemental Chi Kung, Thalbert trains Chi Kung teachers, and is a Shiatsu practitioner and Bio Dynamic Cranio Sacral therapist.

Growing up in Florida in the sixties, Thalbert practiced Korean and Japanese martial arts. After time in the US Air Force, he moved towards the Chinese arts and was introduced to Tai Chi in the eighties. Focussing on the Chi Kung aspect, Thalbert later worked with Graham Horwood and studied with the founder of Hua Gong, Zhixing Wang for many years.

Richard Emmerson


Richard was born in Crouch End, North London and educated at Durham University and the British College of Osteopathic Medicine, obtaining a Masters in Osteopathy. Richard has a strong sporting background having represented England Under-18’s, Saracens U21’s and Richmond 1st XV in Rugby Union and was also a member of Durham University’s title-winning Rugby 1st XV in 2003. That experience, combined with his understanding of the body gives Richard an excellent insight into the recovery and rehabilitation from musculoskeletal injury.

Monday 8- 12 noon Myddelton Road
Tuesday 8- 6pm Park Road
Thursday 8- 6pm Park Road
Friday 8- 12 noon Myddelton Road
Saturday 8- 12 noon Myddelton Rd